2018 Reading Challenge Prompt: A book with an ugly cover: Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
I combed the shelves of my library for a book with an ugly cover. I found many of them and I’m sorry to say the old adage might be slightly true: I judged a lot of those books by their covers and knew that they were never books that I would be interested in reading!
Then I stumbled upon this copy of Treasure Island!!! No, it’s not THAT Treasure Island…but it’s based around the classic novel. This version, by Sara Levine, includes three exclamation marks in the title, distinguishing itself from the classic. In this version, our heroine, an un-named anonymous heroine, decides that she’s going to base her life around the novel Treasure Island and be more like Jim Hawkins and the Core Values in the book: Boldness, Resolution, Independence and Horn-Blowing. (I didn’t realize she was nameless until I started writing this blog post and realized I couldn’t remember the name of the main character!)
“When a college graduate with a history of hapless jobs (ice cream scooper; gift wrapper; laziest ever part-time clerk at The Pet Library) reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, she is dumbstruck by the timid design of her life. When had she ever dreamed a scheme? When had she ever done a foolish, overbold act? When had she ever, like Jim Hawkins, broke from her friends, raced for the beach, stolen a boat, killed a man, and eliminated an obstacle that stood in the way of her getting a hunk of gold?
Convinced that Stevenson’s book is cosmically intended for her, she redesigns her life according to its Core Values: boldness, resolution, independence and horn-blowing. Accompanied by her mother, her sister, and a hostile Amazon parrot that refuses to follow the script, our heroine embarks on a domestic adventure more frightening than anything she’d originally planned.” (Goodreads)
I found this book mildly funny but I didn’t really like any of the characters. I think my favourite part was the Intervention near the end of the book. And by “favourite part” I mean it was tolerable at best.
This was not a favourite of mine and I wonder if the ugly cover mindset I had going into reading this book formed some of my opinion of the book as a whole? Not sure!
Red 5 gives this book 1/5!!!